We may never dis­cover cause of stroke – John­son

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Sport -

ATH­LET­ICS great Michael John­son is com­ing to terms with the fact that he may never know what caused him to suf­fer a stroke last year.

John­son, a four-time Olympic gold medal­list and eight-time world cham­pion, took ill in Septem­ber de­spite liv­ing an ath­lete’s life in re­tire­ment. The 51-year-old lost mo­bil­ity in the af­ter­math of the stroke, but says he has now re­turned to his for­mer regime, al­beit with­out cer­tainty he will not suf­fer a re­lapse.

“We’ve sort of con­cluded that we’ll prob­a­bly never find that cause,” John­son, pic­tured, told BBC Sport.

“It’s some­thing I’ve had to come to terms with. If I knew what the cause was, I could po­ten­tially do some­thing about it and feel much bet­ter know­ing that this is what caused it and now I have elim­i­nated that po­ten­tial is­sue. Un­for­tu­nately, I don’t have that lux­ury.

“Ob­vi­ously that could cre­ate a lit­tle bit of fear, that I was do­ing all the right things be­fore the stroke and now am do­ing all the right things again, even more. Yet it could hap­pen again.”

John­son admitted that suf­fer­ing a stroke while still in peak phys­i­cal con­di­tion had been hard to un­der­stand. How­ever, once his anger passed, he de­cided to be pos­i­tive.

“Telling your­self not to be an­gry is only go­ing to make your­self more an­gry. I was push­ing my doctors to let me get into phys­i­cal ther­apy as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

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